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thanks for joining us here. live in moscow with the world's top headlines n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden could finally set foot on russian territory today he's waiting for the paperwork which would allow him to leave the transit. port and according to a lawyer who's helping snowden the man who leaked secret u.s. documents is here to stay and reporting from the airport. it is a distinct possibility that edward studied could soon call the russian federation home and even be looking for a job here on russian soil but now the announcement came as quite a surprise to many people but the reasons for it are fairly straightforward according to one of his legal advisers here in russia leaving the country at to get to one of the other countries that has offered edward snowden asylum is just too
dangerous and started could very easily end up in the hands of the united states now this is a direct reference to the incident on july third when the president oblivious plane was forced to land on suspicion of actually carrying snowden in the aircraft today snowden is hoping to get his hands on a very important document that will allow him to finally leave this temporary home here at sheremetyevo airport for the last month and move freely about the russian federation for the next three months if he received this form you like this formalized document today sitting at the federal migration services is processing his bid for temporary asylum now at the end of those three months word will will arrive to him whether or not that asylum bid has been approved or turned down now whether the news is favorable or not there is a plan in place let's listen your movies if the russian federal migration service
denies mr snowden's request we still have the option of appealing against this decision in court i explained all the legal aspects to edward and he intends to use this right of appeal should there be your fusil mr snowden's planning to settle down here find a job and just adapt to the circumstances that temporary asylum bid if granted would need to be renewed every year indefinitely to stay current so we're here at sheremetyevo airport waiting with bated breath to see whether or not he receives that fateful document with him which will allow him to leave the temporary home here at terminal f and. possibly start a brand new life here in russia. of course snowden became a wanted man after showing the world just how much us security services watch people all across the planet the n.s.a. stranglehold on digital data communications makes previously perhaps seem like a thing of the past so was he is more important to see if she could actually void big brother all going about her daily business in new york. in
a post prism usa anonymity has become a rare commodity some accept it others are outraged but at the end of the day there is no easy way of escaping the prying eye of the n.s.a. five years ago i would have a cell phone little snatch in your pocket dump it don't bring your cell phone with you all the time now it doesn't matter now you have automatic license plate readers to track where you are now you have metro passes around. the city bike system and facial recognition like it or not every american armed with technology has been cast in their own twenty four hour reality show the national security agency is the uninvited proper razzi you never see or hear it makes me more more careful about what i speak about on the phone and the way i conduct my business and i think it creates a certain consciousness that that weighs on us i feel like at this point i'm just
a number in all of their data everything these days is so it's so critical of the use in that technology is just part of our lives now and it's kind unavoidable if you want to keep up with what's going on this is what he and i do not have a cell phone out of a car not live in a city. the only solution for living and a safe free is to divorce from all things digital experts say using encrypted search engines or changing security settings on social networks isn't enough the truth is you have to maintain all together that that isn't compartmentalize that you have to behave like an intelligence agent you have to constantly be thinking what tracks do i leave clearly retaining privacy under america's web of surveillance requires some sacrifice and here is where we're going to figure out how much so first things first i use a subway to get to work now if i use my credit card to buy my metro card then i can
be tracked so instead. but he used the. p.c. . i usually check emails and voice mails during my five block walk to work but living in a safe three fires living without a cell phone fingers crossed i'm not missing any breaking news right now. so now i am at my office i need to swipe a card to get inside the security company knows where i am. i'm still and i say free i log into my corporate email but i can't use skype i can't use twitter i don't have a facebook account so there's no sacrifice there but here is the problem i can't use the web to research or read the news because all my activity can be tracked. newspaper yesterday's news better than nothing this is about the time that i check my producer.
invalid number my phone calls wouldn't go through and my only other. option is snail mail slower but surveillance for all turns. or so i thought. our team. so it was your country being spied on and even working with us intelligence you can find out right now with. edward snowden timeline and click on an interactive map showing the true scope of the n.s.a.'s ongoing global operations and you can find out what the u.s. intelligence agency is actually doing to carry on its spying a story about the n.s.a.'s wrangling with congress over a wide scale surveillance that's just a click away right now you don't. know if you syria we go. streaming holding around two hundred civilians hostage this according to the
russian foreign ministry now the kurds in the area have been trying to protect their homes and heavy fighting between she hardest forces on syrian government troops and the latest details. more than two hundred civilians and let me stress that we're talking here about innocent men women and children all being held hostage by extremists in north eastern syria now we understand that the hostages are being used as human shields the russian foreign ministry saying that they're mostly from kurdish families whose members are fighting extremists in the region now fighting broke out a few days ago between syrian kurds and al qaeda linked militants in the towns of i've led and rice along the syrian turkish border this is exactly where al nusra and other al qaeda affiliated groups have been operating it looks as if these extremist groups are now literally out of control there are attempts by the kurds to form some kind of interim government while the al qaeda affiliates one to form
an islamic states what the fighting shows is that attempts by al qaida to secure kurdish support has failed although there are some kurdish jihadists of course there are still tensions between the kurdish groups themselves but it seems that at least for now they have found common ground against the extremists turkey of course is looking on with concern it's worried that if the kurds fight al qaida they will get support from the waist but on the other hand the kurds in cells are not keen on the syrian national council either and they have refused to join the turkish backed syrian opposition that has not given them any assurances or promises as to a division of syria off to president bashar assad in the meantime as some western states including the u.k. have so far by truck supplied to the opposition voicing concerns about the threat of extremists in syria but the free syrian army has admitted it will accept help
from anyone including al-qaeda my colleague bill dog spoke to. me a rebel army spokesman of zuck you mother. the situation in syria with your position is pretty much our complicated you here on the there is a lot of the visions within the free syrian army there are other let's say you say it's complicated there are divisions basically you've been hijacked by radical extremists by the likes of al qaeda no. so we've been hijacked by the logs of al-qaeda who. took advantage yes and they will look if their own brothers are being killed by this tyrant and the world is doing nothing about it just sitting back on the backs of us and doing nothing while we're going to be and so you know why anyone is willing to hold us in advance to take on this tyrant will we are willing to accept him whether he looks like bin laden when he looks like the u.k.
prime minister he says there's too much extremism on the ground there in syria so if experience groups fighting the government multiply do you actually fear losing support of your foreign allies because you know our prime minister of some western country says there's extremism within the opposition i mean it's still not a justifiable reason not to have the moderates meanwhile syrian opposition figures are not being paris for advanced weapons after which they are then do the same in washington the syrian national coalition has undergone a series of shifts inside its leadership but is still lacks total unity artie's paul scott now looks at exactly who it is that's fighting president assad. while the opposition are united in their desire to overthrow president bashar al assad that seems to be where their similarity ends the syrian national coalition is the umbrella group recognized internationally as the legitimate representative of the syrian people but they don't represent all factions opposed to a sad one group operating out of their control for example is the al qaeda linked
al nusra front the coalition say they've hijacked the revolution or they've been classed by many in the west as a terrorist organization elsewhere a separate syrian group affiliated to al qaida helped facilitate a jailbreak in iraq over the weekend freeing high ranking al qaida operatives infiltrated by foreign fighters are ministers agenda seems separate from lot of the coalition and it's even led to infighting one f.s.a. commander was killed by a rival group and the f.s.a. feel they could soon be fighting on two fronts but when we use the phrase opposition exactly who are we talking about well the coalition alone is made up of at least eleven different groups including the muslim brotherhood who have recently called on the u.s. and the e.u. to send arms in the battle with assad while only offering loose guarantees they won't fall into extremist hands there's also the coalition of secular and democratic syrians the syrian democratic people's party supreme council of the
syrian revolution and so it goes on the disparate nature of the syrian opposition combined with the presence of islamic extremists means any nation looking to support the rebels are walking a ten year old tight rope with very few guarantees that any military support won't backfire and actually encourage the one thing that trying to fight elsewhere. right there now red light green light of the detainees in guantanamo bay prisoners are to receive hearings after years behind bars however the fate of others already cleared for release that remains unclear more on that and the rest of the world's top headlines after the break. wealthy british.
thanks for joining us here on our. way off the years of indefinite detention almost half of the guantanamo bay prisoners will finally see their cases reviewed by the news comes as the hunger strike of the notorious prison six months now legal reviews were actually older by president obama more than two years ago but it's only now the actual preparations have begun let's bring you some numbers here on the program let's have a look and see what we're talking about about one hundred sixty six prisoners currently held it gets a seventy one inmates will get parole style hearings that. most haven't been charged with any crime because there simply isn't enough evidence to hold a trial though they were still considered too dangerous to be released now all of the rest only nine have been charged six of which are awaiting death penalty trials three though have been convicted of war crimes that while eighty six others are also ineligible for abuse that because they were already cleared for release
a long time ago now all this is a welcome step to closing down guantanamo it is not enough to make inmates stop their hunger strike that's according to john eisenberg he's a lawyer for one of the prisoners there in the case of these detainees the statement they're trying to make is stop our own definite detention and it's inhuman that brutal half of us have been cleared of cleared for release let us go the only way they can express is by hunger striking and it is very much good in the world's attention that's the purpose of it i believe international pressure i believe pressure from members of the senate in the tappan through letters written by senator feinstein senator durban and next i hope pressure from the senate committee i hope all of this together will continue to put pressure on the president to do something positive about the problem that guantanamo bay has become
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straight to egypt now to open up the day for this there has been a bomb blast outside a security headquarters in the city of us just north of cairo one person said to be killed nineteen injured including thirteen policeman security forces exchanged gunfire with unidentified men inside a nearby abandoned building shortly afterwards a clash also reported at rallies in support of the ousted president morsy overnight at least two people killed. and to the ball gary and capital. through barricades built around the parliament by protesters demanding the government's resignation five people injured when clashes broke out as the police tried to disperse the rally still though around one hundred officials and journalists remain stuck inside the building the people of the country has been on
the streets for weeks outraged by what they claim is an action of a corruption and crime. and a desperate search for survivors still on the way and devastated hillside soft a twin earthquake struck northwest china as many as ninety seven now confirmed dead though the number could rise thousands of soldiers and police were drafted in to help with the rescue effort the deadly quake caused massive mudslides which dozens of villages leaving almost forty thousand homeless. and asylum seeker boat bound for australia has sunk off west java in indonesia with three people confirmed dead though it's expected dozens more may have perished it was carrying up to one hundred seventy people mostly refugees from sri lanka and iran and the incident comes amid the latest shift towards a hardline immigration policy in australia that remains one of the hottest issues ahead of looming elections a recent decision to send illegal newcomers to refugee processing was met with
rioting and human rights protests. now with the u.k.'s slashing spending to try and balance the budget authority in london are taking a whopping bite out of the fire rescue services a proposed station closures in job cuts have sparked outrage among the workers and of course led to concern of a people safety auntie's tester australia reports on how the firefighters are fighting the cost cutting drive. when there's a fire you may have to wait a little longer for help to arrive that's the fear of those campaigning against london mayor boris johnson proposed cuts to the london fire rescue services that could lead to the closure of their neighborhood station is a tragedy for for the borough of is this. is being a schools businesses houses and if we don't violate have to wait for trying to and from other regions there's just craziness as
a steady continues to bite someone and firefighters question why such a move despite david cameron's pre-election pledge of not cutting frontline services london could see a total of twelve fire stations closed eighteen engines axed and five hundred twenty jobs cut all to say forty five million pounds by two thousand and fifteen we think i was cots would be dangerous we think wrong we think that reckless and if someone is trapped in a fog the difference between three minutes and i could be the difference probably will in many cases be the difference between life and death according to recently released figures a corking of all fire station right here is one of the busiest in london the night that fact according to reports but it may not be around much longer as this one of those earmarked for closure. for hundred full years all such pain here for world was king's cross for seventy seven only instance that we've attended grant
edwards head in the same clark and while campaign has made it his mission to get the word out on the future of this station. one of the choices that they're trying to do is quietly as possible we can believe that that drawn a false. christ for the paper and even this direct barrier before going to say that . the firefighter and now government advisor to streamline and foreign. rescue services across england to save two hundred million pounds getting rid of so-called inefficiencies the reality is that we're in a very difficult period of all star austerity down fraud deaths are down four calls are down so is roy to look again at the services he doesn't need to be the same for service where we had high numbers of deaths high number of calls and should it be reengineered transformed in a different way so are you confident that should your report all your recommendations be taken into consideration that it will not impact public safety
very comforted about that there are small victories though as the battle continues for firefighters hoping to change the fate of duty stations london fire chief just you turn on plans to close to stations initially you are clark and well however is still on that list we continue following last night. we carry on. just our sylvio r t london. day the german business community it's a bit unhappy with how relations between moscow developing and they're blaming chancellor merkel a group lobbying for the interests of germany's economy in eastern europe now criticizing politicians and the media for the negative portrayal of russia he's pretty one of a textbook. over the last twenty years or so russia and germany have become firm economic partners however in recent months there has been something of a cooling in the diplomatic relationship between berlin and moscow now to talk to
me a little bit more about what that means and how it came down time joined by dr. lynn the director of an organization that takes the economic temperature of the relationship between the two countries now your organization of just published some information about the relationship between germany and russia and it seems that there has been a deterioration in that relationship why that happened and of course there are some cooling as you mentioned in the political relationship but as you know the economy still isn't a good shape we had a turnover of eighty billion euros last year in two thousand and twelve and i think we keep on going on this road now is this down to the personal politics of some german politicians has mrs merkel essentially got her policy wrong when it comes to dealing with russia i think she will make some clear statements also to the russian society that is what germany stands for but you know our business is really to to
have the fundament to have the relationship. we have a lot of energy ties we have thirty percent of our energy comes from russia that it true for germany and for the european union but also we want to export our machinery our cars to russia and we do so and have a lot of work in places created in russia one point five million working places in germany depends on the german russian trade. well thanks for being with us here and i'll see you for the news bulletin today the question being now though are politicians really working in the best interests of their voters or perhaps rather that corporate finance yes that's not clear enough is i mean what.
it's a little worse for the little thing the white house or the. radio guy and. i want. to do never seen anything like this until. you guys i'm out in march and this is breaking the set so in today's chapter of corrupt cops tell you what the case of pamela held a long island resident was pulled over because her card in the have an inspection sticker however when new york police found prescription drugs in the car she was taken to the station while there the n.y.p.d. began to interrogate her about where she had been that night so to prove that choose this it in a friend held gave one of the officers the security code to her cell phone and the cops left with their phone in hand and it wasn't until a film was released three hours later that she got the phone back but that's when she realized that twenty personal risque photos and five videos saved on her phone
had been forwarded to the personal cell phone of one of the cops would interrogated her you heard me right this disgusting police officer take advantage of held attempt at providing her innocence prove your innocence sorry by forwarding her new photos and videos to his own devices for his own pleasure i guess when you're a cop working above the law you can do whatever you want right apparently that's the case because according to the new york daily news this officer is still on the job even though internal affairs investigated me and. wouldn't it think we all know that nothing's going to come of it so if this disgusts you as much as it does me join me and let's break the set. right now much of the world's a leaders can't get out the beautiful redwoods of want they had real caliph or.